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The Italian Doctor's Bride by Margaret McDonagh
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Dec 05, 08

bookshelves: romance
Read in December, 2006, read count: 1

The Italian Doctor’s Bride transports the reader to the remote Scottish village of Lochanrig, where the fragile Dr. Hannah Frost proves to be an expert when dealing with her patients – although a traumatic incident in her past has left her personal life barren and impersonal. Into Hannah’s life comes Dr. Nic di Angelis, a gorgeous Italian doctor with his own heartbreaking history. Margaret McDonagh’s book charts the trials and tribulations of the two doctors as they gradually build a relationship over a period of six months.

Margaret's book fits well into the Medical Romance genre of the Mills and Boon imprint and the strength of the story lies in the characterisation. While the icy heroine takes some getting used to, the reader gradually warms to her as her story progresses. Not so the Italian hero; he’s delightful from the very beginning and a well-rounded, believable person throughout. In Nic di Angelis, Margaret has created a stunning category romance hero whose presence on the page guarantees a good read. Plus, he’ll doubtlessly melt the hearts of any female reader.

This book is very fast-paced and packs plenty of incident into the storyline. Margaret exploits the dangers offered by the rural location well and provides the reader with all manner of accidents, usually vehicular in nature. These are balanced with the sometimes upsetting illnesses of the various villagers. However the medical setting of the story is rightfully kept in the background and never impedes on the blossoming romance between the two central characters. The dialogue is sparky and the romantic scenes are ably described, rarely becoming repetitive.

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